Top medical schools in Nigeria, what is the latest ranking?

Top Nigerian medical schools ranking. What are the most popular ones? Learn all the latest information about medical schools and universities here right now!

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During the years Nigerians grew with a belief that their native country cannot now and will not ever be able to afford any standard medical education for its students. That is why, those who can afford going abroad to visit medical school, do it with a great pleasure. In a critical analysis of the Nigerian health sector, you will see that this view is valid only to a small degree. 

Nigeria did a lot lately to make sure that Nigerian universities offer different medical courses, they are well equipped to meet all the standards. Thus, the citizens who are going on courses related to medicine need to be sure that there are actually schools that have what they must receive, meaning the expected and desired education and also training. In different Universities you can find medical school scholarships, because medical school cost may vary and sometimes be extremely expensive.

Nigeria's education system

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Nigeria is a federal state in West Africa with a population of 194 million people (2015). The country is on the 6th place in the production and export of the world's oil. Revenue from sales is 90% of filling the budget. However, the level of living of the population of Nigeria occupies the 148 place in the world. The economic crisis affects the education system, the financing of which is sharply reduced (80% of budget money goes to repay foreign loans).

Only 47% of children receive pre-school education, 84.6% of which go to school. A national literacy rate is about 50%. The country was a British colony for a very long time, and only in 1960 gained sovereignty. Colonial status is reflected in the education system, which has a distinct European style.

Pre-school education of children begins from 3 years old and lasts for three years. On class lasts 30 minutes. Kids study the following subjects: English Language (6 lessons per week); Arithmetic (5 lessons per week); One of the tribal Nigerian languages (2 lessons per week); religion, writing, reading, poetry, interpersonal relationships, the music, the basics of applied sciences (3 lessons per week). Academic year of pre-school education lasts 10 months.

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Schooling is divided into 3 periods: first - Primary; second - Junior Secondary; third - Senior Secondary.

Primary schooling lasts from 6 to 11 years old. In the country it is considered as a basic, children study foundations of writing and mathematics, developing a positive attitude to work, communication and life in the community, co-operation and the desire to acquire knowledge.

The academic year lasts 10 months. Only 50.3% of children go to secondary school. This is due to poverty of families (children are busy working on farms or become the pupils of craftsmen) and early marriage of girls (46.6% of girls graduate from primary school and stop studying).

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Secondary school education lasts 3 years (from 11 to 14 years). This education is a professional and academic training.

Students at the end of the average scale after passing Federal Examinations Bureau (FEB) will receive a certificate of secondary school education (or JSC). The level of kids' transition to the next stage of education is distributed as follows: 60% - senior school education; 20% - technical colleges (monotechnical, polytechnics, teacher); 10% - centers for the prof. preparation (BEST-centre ‘Business & Engineering Skills Training Centre’); 10% - journeymen of the craftsmen and farmers.

The senior school education lasts 3 years (from 15 to 18 years). Training is conducted in a fairly diversified program aimed at expanding students' knowledge and their passion. Each student must master the six core subjects and 2-3 optional.

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The academic year lasts 10 months. At the end of the course and passing the exam the West African Examination Commission (WAEC) gives students a certificate of senior school education (SSC).

66.7% of graduates enter universities, but it is only 1% of the total population (150 - 200 thousand of people). Training lasts from 3 to 7 years, depending on the profile. After getting bachelor, students receive National Diploma (ND), and after graduate - the National higher education diploma (HND).

Medical situation in Nigeria

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Our country has a huge risk of infectious and parasitic diseases that include malaria, meningitis, bacterial diarrhea, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and yellow fever. Also hereditary disease is common among black people, it is called ‘sickle cell’ anemia, according to some estimates, about 30 million Nigerians suffer from it.

The main reason of outbreaks of enteric infections is very contaminated water as the continuous access to needed clean drinking water has only 50% of the Nigerian population. In 2005, October, a cholera outbreak, that took the life of 26 people, was recorded in Nigeria. Some isolated cases of registration of the illness are recorded and may be found today. A particular health problem of the Nigerians is AIDS - Nigeria belongs to the major ten countries of the world, which has the largest number of infected people with AIDS. In 2003 there were about 3.6 million of HIV-infected and AIDS patients, about 310 thousand of man died.

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In 1970 the average life expectancy for Nigerian men was 37.2 years and Nigerian women - 36.7, by 2011 these numbers rose to 55.3 for women and men to 48.9, which indicates the quality improvement of health care and life, but still –not enough health level. In Nigeria malaria is particularly ubiquitous and prevalent, its feature is the high intensity of transmission, due to which, despite prophylaxis, more than 15% of visitors get sick.

Also in Nigeria there is a very high incidence of polio, because of the lack of immunization, which is widespread throughout the world. All the attempts of other friendly countries to provide some assistance to Nigeria on this issue to date are extremely futile - even in our country there are some organizations involved in very active anti-propaganda of all Western medicine, applying violence to all doctors and some other medical personnel, due to conducting different preventive actions of plenty of diseases.

Nigeria is characterized by a mix of health care, in which there are the combination of all private and public sectors of Nigerian health care. The major range of qualified health care is usually concentrated in different private medical institutions. So a normal, needed level of medical care is sometimes provided in public clinics and hospitals, also the intensive care units are usually found only in large institutions located in big cities or resort areas.

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Medical personnel are trained in Nigeria, University of Ibadan, at the medical faculties, schools in Zaria and also Lagos, the cities of Kano and Sokoto. So in general, there is no lack of institutions in Nigeria that can train health personnel - there are even some schools for training of nurses and midwives, Pharmaceutical College, Faculty of Pharmacy, dental school, two university faculties of laboratory equipment, etc. Nonetheless, it does not provide the real true country need for the qualified medical staff, the reason is that most promising doctors keep leaving Nigeria.

It also should be noted that the major problem of the quality of medical service in Nigeria is the most severe as the price is often strongly overestimated in private medical institutions, and provided services do not meet the cost. And working in a Nigerian hospital, staff does not always have the needed appropriate qualifications, and therefore cannot really provide the needed medical care.

Main number of extremely specialized hospitals and clinics is concentrated in the Nigerian capital, here you can see almost all professional profiles and get the maximum possible (for our country) list of different medical services, which also includes diagnosis and treatment, with X-ray and ultrasound, as well as plenty of simple surgeries.

Medical school rankings:

5. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

University of Lagos

Popular medical school in Nigeria. Founded in 1962, University of Lagos (or Unilag) desired to prepare professionals for our newly independent Nigeria. With a focus on research, teaching staff published more than 1,700 articles, with the majority of the publications coming out of a few medical, scientific and engineering faculties. The University has recently become one of the seven institutions that received research grant share of the $ 1.2 million presented by the Lagos State Authorities. A huge part of it is going to financing and improving the medical school.

4. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University

Ahmadu Bello University is extremely well-known for having devoted lecturers, real, adequate facilities and standard structures, which make it one of top 5 places to study different critical courses like, for example, Medicine. People usually do not want to go to North, but if you do, I bet, ABU has no competitor in Northern Nigeria, when it comes to any medical studies.

3. University of Ilorin

University of Ilorin

One of the best places in Nigeria to study medicine is University of Ilorin is because they have in general everything you need, and what is more interesting, they do not go on strike. So there is very near absolute concentration in the Nigerian education system there.

2. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Obafemi Awolowo University

OAU has a well-known medical college where plenty of critical diseases have been extremely successfully taken care of. It really makes sure the point of view that this is a great place to get appointed as a promising doctor in Nigeria.

1. Best medical school in Nigeria - University of Ibadan (UI)

University of Ibadan

At this moment, UI is yet in the list of top Nigerian schools to study medicine. This university is considered the best in Africa, as well as compared to a lot of other non-African countries. University of Ibadan has a close relationship with international institutions, including the Feinberg School of Northwestern University of Medicine in the USA, which sends its medical students to our UI’s teaching hospital. The main problem here is that a person needs to study and work extremely hard to make it to the list of admission, as there is often untold competition. Nigerian medical school is a great choice for everyone.

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